Make Development Teams Leaner and Improve Time-to-Release In Five Steps

Drive down your delivery time by removing your development inefficiencies and bottlenecks while maintaining high quality.

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Without a holistic and precise view of your application development process:

  • Motivations behind your lean transformation may be misunderstood or misrepresented in other areas of your organization.
  • Optimization initiatives may introduce downstream or upstream issues which can generate additional bottlenecks.
  • Development processes can be shortsighted and structured to only address current short-term needs.

Following well-defined, understood, and standardized lean development guidelines in your process optimization will:

  • Focus your development initiatives on a grounded and collaborated set of guiding principles to ensure teams are striving towards the same business and development goals.
  • Eliminate the key areas in your process that are driving up wait and execution times, and only implement the practices that strive towards lower delivery time while maintaining high quality.
  • Emphasize the continuous improvement of your development teams, processes, and tools so that they always fit with your current context using lessons learned.

Module 1: Conduct a Current State Analysis

The Purpose

  • Assess the current state of your development environment.
  • Select a pilot project to demonstrate the value of your optimization. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Realization of the root causes behind the bottlenecks and inefficiencies in your current development process.
  • Valuation of your current development tools.
  • Selection of a pilot project that will be used to gather the metrics in order obtain buy-in for wider optimization initiatives.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Assess your readiness to transition to lean development.
  • Lean development readiness assessment
1.2 Conduct a SWOT analysis and value-stream assessment of your current development process.
  • Current state analysis of development process
1.3 Evaluate your development tools.
  • Value assessment of existing development tools
1.4 Select a pilot project.
  • Pilot project selection

Module 2: Define Your Lean Future State

The Purpose

  • Establish your development guiding principles.
  • Enhance the versioning and management of your development artifacts.
  • Automatically build and continuously integrate your code.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Grounded and well-understood set of guiding principles that are mapped to development tasks and initiatives.
  • Version control strategy of development artifacts, including source code, adapted to support lean development.
  • A tailored approach to establish the right environment to support automated build, testing, and continuous integration tools.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Assess your alignment to the seven lean principles.
  • Level of alignment to lean principles
2.2 Define your development guiding principles.
  • Tailored list of development guiding principles
2.3 Define your version control and source code repository architecture pattern.
  • Version control and source code management strategy
2.4 See how build automation and continuous integration will fit.
  • Scope of effort to prepare current development environment for build automation and continuous integration
2.5 Optimize and align your build process to lean principles.
  • Optimized build process

Module 3: Create Your Implementation Roadmap

The Purpose

  • Prioritize your optimization initiatives to build an implementation roadmap.
  • Identify the stakeholders of your lean transformation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Phased implementation roadmap that accommodates your current priorities, constraints, and enablers.
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy to effectively demonstrate the value of the optimized development environment.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Identify metrics to gauge the success of your lean transformation.
  • List of product, process, and tool metrics
3.2 List and prioritize your implementation steps.
  • Prioritized list of tasks to optimize your development environment
3.3 Identify the stakeholders of your lean transformation.
  • Identification of key stakeholders

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